Sunday, June 15, 2014

Visiting Kauai - Flowers!

The flowers of Kauai are lovely. Most of the easily-seen ones are non-native. For example

Zingiber zerumbet, shampoo ginger

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Chinese hibiscus

a jasmine

Sterculia foetida, stinking sterculia

Tradescantia or close relative

Brazilian red cload, Megaskeapsma erythrochlamys

Catharanthus roseus, Madagascar periwinkle

Hemerocallis hybrid, day lily

Duranta sp., pigeonberrry


And since Kauai is tropical, anytime you arrive, there are flowers. Not always the same ones--some tropical plants do have annual cycles--but various and interesting flowers, all the time.

Naming the above flowers, for example as captions, seemed intrusive. 
So let me name the ones I can:  
shampoo ginger, Zingiber zerumbet, (ginger family, Zingiberaceae) from India; 
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Chinese hibiscus (hibiscus family, Malvaceae), from China; 
the white flower is a jasmine. It was a very fragrant shrub. However, there are a lot of species of jasmines and jasmine-relatives from all over the tropics; 
the red is Sterculia foetida, stinky sterculia (sterculia family, Sterculiaceae), from lands surrounding the Inidian Ocean; 
the plant with the pink flower, purple leaves is Tradescantia pallida (dayflower family, Commelinaceae), from Mexico; 
next is Brazilian red cloak, Megaskepasma erythrochlamys (Acanthaceae) native to northern South America and Central America; 
Catharanthus roseus, Madagascar periwinkle or vinca native to Madagascar (Apocynaceae, dogbane family);
 daylily, Hemerocallis hybrid (daylily family Xanthorrhoeaceae) native to central Asia; 
and finally
Duranta erecta, pigeonberry (vervain family, Verbenaceae) from the American tropics.

Thanks to:
Plant Finder at Missouri Botanical Garden accessed June 2014.
Pocket Guide. Hawaii Trees & Wildflowers. Waterford Press, 2009.
Zuchowski, W. Tropical Plants of Costa Rica. Cornell University Press, Ithaca,. 2007.

Kathy Keeler

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